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Wentzville police, residents working together to combat crime

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Residents in a Wentzville neighborhood met with police on Thursday concerning recent crime. (Credit: KMOV) Residents in a Wentzville neighborhood met with police on Thursday concerning recent crime. (Credit: KMOV)

WENTZVILLE (KMOV.com) – A shoot out in a Wentzville subdivision has neighbors on edge and the police department stepping in to figure out new solutions.

On February 23, two groups of people fired multiple shots at one another in the Wentzville Heights subdivision. No one was hurt but three houses were damaged by gunfire.

“[My husband] heard gunfire, he heard about 15 different shots fired. He said he could tell it was two different guns firing,” said Jody Willis who moved into the neighborhood in the last year.

She’s worried about her grandchildren playing in the front yard. Down the street, Cheyanne Whitehead said she wants to see police take action about some of the crime and drug dealing in their neighborhood.

On Thursday night, concerned neighbors met with the Wentzville Police chief and city leaders to talk about a plan moving forward.

Chief Kurt Frisz said they already patrol the neighborhood on a regular basis, calling it one of their more “high volume” neighborhood, b.ut he hopes with the help of neighbors they can do more to cut back on the crime.

“They see things we don’t see that if we have that information, we can develop a strategy for patrols,” said Chief Frisz.

They discussed creating a neighborhood watch and plan to have more meetings in the future.

Police arrested one man following the February shooting. Landers Mitchell has been charged with unlawful use of a weapon. They are still searching for the other shooters and want residents to keep an eye out for suspicious behavior.

“What we’re not going to tolerate in Wentzville are retaliatory shootings so that’s what were getting in front of tonight,” said Chief Frisz.  

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